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Renowned Photographer Shares Talents

The University of Miami welcomes renowned photojournalist and documentarian Susan Meiselas as a Distinguished Presidential Fellow and 100 Talent.

By Andrew Boryga
UM News

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Susan Meiselas

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (February 10, 2016)— Susan Meiselas has traveled the world as a documentary photographer for over 40 years.

Her photography has transported people to the rubble and destruction of lower Manhattan on 9/11, to Nicaragua’s popular insurrection during the late 1970s, to a village in El Salvador destroyed by the country’s armed forces in the early 1980s, and to witness the photographic history of Kurdistan, which was presented in book and exhibition form in 1997.

Meiselas said she believes documentary photography is “an engagement with the world.” Now she will share that engagement, her experience, and her talent with the University of Miami community as one of its 100 Talents, one of the University’s Roadmap to Our New Century initiatives,introduced by President Julio Frenk.

As a Distinguished Presidential Fellow with the College of Arts and Sciences, Meiselas is actively engaging and interacting with students and collaborating with faculty across multiple disciplines. Her visit will culminate in a public lecture at the Newman Alumni Center on March 21.

So far, Meiselas’s time on campus has found her in photography and sculpture classrooms in the College’s art department, where she has shared her expertise on topics such as the history of war photography and how to make a living as an artist.

Meiselas said she hopes to help inspire photography students by answering questions and sharing her own experiences. But above all, she hopes to encourage them to get out, take risks, and not be afraid to make mistakes, while moving from skills training to working on their own in-depth projects.

“You only truly learn by doing it yourself,” she said.

The challenge for photographers, she added, is to help viewers of their work become engaged with people and issues that may be foreign to them.

To welcome Meiselas to campus, the College and the School of Communication hosted a special screening of her 1991 documentary Pictures from a Revolution, which  features the photographs Meiselas took during the Nicaraguan popular insurrection and follows her search a decade later to find and hear from the people in the photos.

Seventy-one of those photos were published in her hardcover book, “Nicaragua June ’78—July ’79,” which was published before she returned to the country and co-produced and directed the documentary with Alfred Guzzetti and Dick Rogers.

“It all begins with the photo and the relationships with the collaborators with whom the film is created. Filmmaking includes more collaborators, where photography is more of an isolated experience,” Meiselas told the nearly  100 students, faculty, staff and community members who attended the screening.

Her photos captured the fall of the Somoza regime and the revolution subsequently won by the Sandinistas in 1979. Since the images represent the various factions and lives of people who participated in the revolution in and out of battle, Meiselas wondered how they fared post-revolution. The film tells the story of those she could find, with Meiselas showing them their photo and asking about their lives since.

After the screening, Meiselas, Tom Lopez, professor of art and art history, and Bill Rothman, professor of cinema and interactive media, had a lively discussion about her process. “The film was constrained by trying to find only the people in the photos of the book,” said Meiselas.

This fall, Aperture re-issued the book to coincide with the 40th anniversary of her first trip to Nicaragua in 1978. The third release includes an augmented reality (AR) function, “Look and Listen” app which allows the reader to experience some of the images via two-to-four minute clips from Pictures from a Revolution as she returns to the same locations with the people she photographed. The AR app will be shared when she explores her work in professor Kim Grenfeder’s interactive class at the School of Communications in March.

What other activities Meiselas will be involved with is still evolving, but she plans to continue to engage students and faculty across departments in the hope that some of her experiences can complement their studies.

Miami has not been a subject for Meiselas; most of her previous encounters with the city have been  traveling through it to get to destinations throughout Latin America.

However, Meiselas said she is honored to be joining the University of Miami and is excited to dig deeper into the “multiplicity of lives” that she said Miami’s vibrant immigrant community cultivates.

Meiselas got her own start while teaching photography in an elementary school in the South Bronx during the 1970s. During that period, she became intrigued by a traveling “Girl Show” and the women who performed a striptease at small town carnivals and fairs in the Northeast. For three years during her summer breaks, Meiselas followed the women and the men they performed for from town to town. Her photographs evolved into her first book, Carnival Strippers, with images and stories she recorded at that time.

Her work has been published in The New York Times and Time Magazine, and she has had solo exhibitions in Paris, Madrid, Amsterdam, London, Los Angeles, Chicago, and New York. She is a winner of the Robert Capa Gold Medal and in 1992 was named a MacArthur “Genius” Fellow. Her work is included in American and international collections.

Alexandra Bassil contributed to this report.

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Nurse Scientist to Advance NINR’s Mission

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Rosina Cianelli

UM News

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (February 9, 2017)Rosina Cianelli, an associate professor in the School of Nursing and Health Studies who teaches and conducts research in women’s health, health disparities, and international health, is among 15 new ambassadors selected by the Friends of the National Institute of Nursing Research (FNINR) to advance the  mission of the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR). Part of the National Institutes of Health, the NINR is dedicated to nursing research that promotes and improves the health of individuals, families, and communities.

Selected from a national pool of applicants, Cianelli and the other new ambassadors  join 15 current ambassadors who focus specifically on educating Congressional leaders about high-impact and cost-effective treatments and quality-of-life enhancements that emanate from nursing science. Ultimately, the goal is to advance research funding to ensure the training of nurse scientists at a time of major scientific breakthroughs, and to promote the NINR strategic plan for for improving the wellbeing of Americans across the human lifespan.

“We are exquisitely positioned to use science generated by highly trained nurses to generate cures, reduce symptoms and side effects, and promote health and wellbeing aimed at individuals, families, and communities,” said Karen Drenkard, president of the FNINR.

“In the last year,” she continued, “we have had important conversations with key Congressional leaders who are understanding and valuing how nurses function as scientists, individually and on integrated research teams. With the large number of newly elected officials nationally and at the state level, the ambassadors will join others, including our board, to bolster awareness and action for those discoveries that save lives, advance health, and reduce costs.”

An independent, non-profit organization, the FNINR seeks to support research-based nursing practice by educating health care professionals, Congress, and other appointed and elected officials, as well as the public in general, about the advances made through nursing research and its benefits to society.

 

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Victor Deupi Tapped as CINTAS President

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Victor Deupi

Victor Deupi

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (January 3, 2017)—Victor Deupi, a Cuban-American teacher of architectural history and theory, design and representation at the School of Architecture, has been elected president of the CINTAS Foundation, which promotes the professional development of Cuban architects, writers, musicians, and visual artists.

“Mr. Deupi brings a new perspective with his distinct background while maintaining an emphatic commitment to each of the four disciplines supported by the foundation,” the organization said in announcing its fifth president.

Deupi, who received a B.S. in architecture from the University of Virginia, a M.S. in architecture from Yale University, and a Ph.D. in architecture from the University of Pennsylvania, previously taught at Fairfield University, the New York Institute of Technology, the University of Notre Dame, and the Prince of Wales’s Institute of Architecture in London. He also has been a “Visiting Critic” at the College of Architecture at Georgia Tech.

The principal focus of his research is on the art and architecture of the early modern Ibero-American world, and mid-20th-century Cuba. His book, Architectural Temperance: Spain and Rome, 1700-1759, was published by Routledge in 2015, and he is currently curating exhibitions on Cuban Architects at Home and in Exile: The Modernist Generation at the Coral Gables Museum, and Emilio Sanchez in South Florida Collections at the Lowe Art Museum.

He is also editing a book on Transformations in Classical Architecture: New Directions in Research and Practice that is being published by Oscar Riera Ojeda Publishers, 2017.

The CINTAS Foundation, established in 1963 with funds from the estate of Oscar B. Cintas (1887-1957), former Cuban ambassador to the United States, has awarded more than 300 fellowships and grants to Cuban artists achieving national and international renown. Several UM faculty members, including Jorge Hernandez, Jose Gelabert-Navia, Tomas Lopez-Gottardi, and Andres Duany, have been among the recipients.

In 2011, the foundation entered into an extended loan with Miami-Dade College’s MDC Museum of Art and Design of nearly 300 pieces by artists of Cuban descent living outside Cuba who have received prestigious CINTAS Fellowships. The museum is housed at the landmark Freedom Tower in downtown Miami.

 

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New Title IX Coordinator Joins University

Bonnie M. Muschett

Bonnie M. Muschett

Special to UM News

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (January 3, 2017)—Bonnie M. Muschett, an attorney and certified compliance and ethics professional, has joined University Compliance Services (UCS) as director of compliance and Title IX coordinator.

Muschett comes to the University of Miami from the University of Maryland-Baltimore where she had served as director of compliance and engagement and university Title IX coordinator since 2014.

Prior to her promotion to Title IX Coordinator at the University of Maryland, she worked in the compliance office where she conducted investigations and developed and delivered compliance training, among other duties. She is currently developing greater expertise in adult education and training as she pursues a graduate certificate in Instructional Systems Development. In addition to her responsibilities as Title IX coordinator, Muschett will lead the coordination of UM’s Clery Act compliance program and oversee a program for the protection of minors on University campuses.

Muschett will serve as the University of Miami’s central resource on all issues related to Title IX compliance and will work closely with deputy Title IX coordinators across all University campuses to help educate, train, and support community members. In this capacity, she will lead efforts to ensure that the University has effective programs and processes in place for students, faculty, and staff who are affected by sexual harassment, discrimination, or violence, and implement policies and practices that are prompt, equitable, and in compliance with applicable law and regulations, including Title IX.

Muschett also will work closely with the UM Police Department to coordinate compliance with the Clery Act as it has been amended by the Violence against Women’s Act (VAWA) and the Campus Sexual Violence Elimination (SaVE) Act. In her oversight role to protect minors on campus, Muschett will coordinate the review of campus activities that may involve minors and will lead efforts to develop policies and procedures that maximize their safety and minimize their risk of harm on University campuses.

A graduate of the University of Maryland School of Law, Muschett earned an M.B.A. from Georgia State University. As Rudolph Green, vice president and chief compliance officer, noted, her experience as an attorney, university compliance officer, and Title IX coordinator make her a wonderful addition to the University’s compliance services team. As a member of the UCS staff, she will report to Green.

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Assistant Professor Awarded Library of Congress Fellowship

By Deserae del Campo
Special to UM News

catherine-newellCatherine Newell, an assistant professor in the College of Arts and Science’s Department of Religious Studies, was recently awarded the David B. Larson Fellowship in Health and Spirituality at the John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.

“Catherine’s fellowship is a testament to the relevance of interdisciplinary studies, and to the importance of her field of research for our students, our larger community, and our continued understanding of the complexity of our path to staying healthy or coping with illness,” said Maria Stampino, senior associate dean for academic affairs. “The college is proud that Catherine will represent us in our nation’s capital, in one of the foremost research centers.”

Starting in May 2017, Newell will have access to a rich collection of historical and current documents at the Library of Congress to research a project she has titled “Food Faiths: Health, Wellness, and the Science of Spiritual Eating.”

In her fellowship proposal, Newell’s explains how her research explores the way individuals “internalize scientific knowledge regarding health and diet, which they incorporate into their lives as a basis for personal spiritual practice.” Her research also explores the world of spiritual eating in which science is used to justify a diet and/or lifestyle by people who identify themselves not by a religion but by their diet—i.e., vegan, gluten-free.

“It’s an honor to receive this fellowship,” said Newell. “At the Library of Congress, I’ll have access to archival material, from historical letters to contemporary documentation, to help me conduct in-depth research for my book that I hope will contribute to the study of spirituality and health in modern times.”

During her seven month as a resident scholar at the Library of Congress, Newell will make a public presentation about her research and collaborate with other scholars conducting research at the library. The David B. Larson Fellowship endorses academic research on the relation of religion and spirituality to physical, mental, and social health.

 

 

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